“The Infinite has become the infant.”
— Charles Spurgeon
In modern America, Christmas is a time in which millions of people across the country spend time with family, exchanging gifts and seeing what “Santa Claus” put under the Christmas tree; a lot of the time it means nothing more to them than that. To Christians, there is a much deeper and beautiful meaning. For us, Christmas is an amazing holiday in which we get to spend time with family, friends and other believers celebrating the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
What is Christmas all about? I like how Paul Washer puts it: he says that Christmas is really about “God’s anger.” I get how that might seem odd or out of place, but bear with me for just a moment and allow me to explain. God absolutely despises sin, he abhors it and sinners. Psalm 11:5 (ESV) says, “The Lord tests the righteous, but His soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.”
What is the only way to reconcile sinful people with God? The death of God’s own Son. Men are so wicked that God had to send His very own Son into the world to die for His people. Matthew 1:21 (ESV) says, “‘She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save his people from their sins.'”
So, what does this mean? Are we supposed to be doom and gloom on Christmas Day? By no means! Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV) says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
This is why Christmas is a joyful season for Christians, not because of gifts or “Santa”, but because God gave us the ultimate gift: He saved us, His sheep, from our deepest and darkest sins, and His anger has been satisfied. He saved us from His own righteous judgement, and it was all for His glory alone.
With all of this in mind, I hope and pray that everyone has a Merry Christmas; a Christmas that is filled with God-honoring worship. May we never forget the ultimate sacrifice that Christ gave so that we could live with Him for eternity.
Stay strong in the faith and do all that you do to the glory of God.
Soli Deo Gloria!